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Mon Apr 5, 2021, 06:21 AM

25 Organizations Call for an End to U.S. Support for Aerial Herbicide Fumigation in Colombia

30 MAR 2021 | JOINT STATEMENT

Colombia’s government is moving closer to reinstating a program, suspended in 2015, that would spray herbicides from aircraft over territories where coca is cultivated. Twenty-five U.S. and Colombian organizations have joined on this letter to President Joe Biden urging him to avoid supporting a renewed “fumigation” program, succinctly laying out the reasons why this would be an unfortunate policy mistake. The letter was shared with the White House on March 26.

March 26, 2021

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
The White House
Washington, DC

Dear President Biden,

We write out of strong concern about the imminent restart of a program that your administration is inheriting from its predecessor: an effort to eradicate coca in Colombia by spraying herbicides from aircraft. We encourage you not to provide funding for this program, which not only failed to achieve past objectives, but sends a message of cruelty and callousness with which the United States should no longer be associated. It will undermine the peace accords that are a powerful legacy of the Obama-Biden administration.

Aerial fumigation can bring short-term reductions in the number of acres planted with coca. But past experience shows not only that these gains reverse quickly, but that the strategy undermines other U.S. and Colombian security objectives. Recurring to fumigation is like going back in time, ignoring much that we have learned about what does and does not work.

Many of our organizations have published studies documenting the harm that fumigation has done in the past. The December 2020 report of the U.S. government’s bipartisan Western Hemisphere Drug Policy Commission found that forced eradication brought “enormous costs and dismal results.” Just since the end of February, we have seen strong critiques of forced eradication and fumigation from the International Crisis Group; the Ideas for Peace Foundation, a Colombian business sector think tank; a list of over 200 scholars, and seven UN human rights rapporteurs.

Between 1994 and 2015, a U.S.-backed program supported a fleet of aircraft, and teams of contract pilots and maintenance personnel, that sprayed the herbicide glyphosate over 4.42 million acres of Colombian territory—a land area 3 1/2 times the size of Delaware. In 2015 the Colombian government suspended the spray program, citing public health concerns based on a World Health Organization study finding glyphosate to be “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

More:
https://www.wola.org/2021/03/25-organizations-call-for-end-to-us-support-for-aerial-herbicide-fumigation-in-colombia/

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abqtommy Apr 5 #1

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Mon Apr 5, 2021, 08:36 AM

1. I remember the "success" of the deforestation program using Agent Orange in Vietnam

years ago. The result is that to this day there are problems with birth defects there. I
compare this with the "success" of the former guy administration here in the U.S. or the
Brexit/Covid programs in the U.K. in particular and and Covid programs around the world
in general. Of course "success" is actually no success at all in any of these areas.

Yes, let's stop this spraying activity in Colombia. Let's see if the human race is capable
of learning. Anything. At. All.

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